PH, Myanmar set to discuss air agreement

By RG Cruz,

Posted at May 09 2014 09:47 AM | Updated as of May 09 2014 05:47 PM

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar – Philippine and Myanmar aviation officials will meet this month in Yangon to discuss the air services agreement between the two countries, Philippine Ambassador to Myanmar Alex Chua announced here.

During an interview with the PBS-RTVM here in Nay Pyi Taw, Ambassador Chua said talks on air agreement between the two countries have been set on May 19 to 20 in Yangon, Myanmar.

"On May 19 to 20 this year, Philippine and Myanmar aviation officials will discuss in Yangon the air services agreement between the two countries, which may result in the first direct flights between the Philippines and Myanmar," Chua said.

There is currently no direct flight between the Philippines and Myanmar.

Last year, President Benigno Aquino III and Myanmar President U Thein Sein witnessed the signing of an agreement that would allow Filipinos holding ordinary passports to enter Myanmar without a visa and stay there for up to 14 days.

The pact, which is expected to boost tourism, trade and investment between the two countries, was among the six agreements signed during the state visit to the Philippines of Myanmar President Thein Sein in December 2013.

On Saturday, President Aquino will visit Myanmar to attend the 24th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Summit) from May 10 to 11. This year’s summit has a theme "Moving Forward in Unity to a Peaceful and Prosperous Community."